THE 5 “SEES” OF DRIVING
TEN TOP DRIVING ERRORS
Of more than 150 driving errors, the top ten involve judgment factors, clearance, and emotional driving habits.
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Turning maneuvers
- Too fast for conditions
- Following too closely
- Poor vehicle condition
- Improper signaling
The above can be eliminated or reduced by recognizing the hazard, understanding the defense, and acting in time.
We can also stay out of a collision if we usethe Five “SEE’S” Of Driving.
1. SEE HIGH
What do you see in this photo
Seeing down the roadway far and high enough to spot danger and entrapments before you arrive.
See one, two, three blocks down the road. Seeing 12 seconds down the road is best.
SEE THAT STALE GREEN LIGHT
SEE THAT CROSSWALK.
SEE THAT BICYCLIST.
SEE THAT CHILD AND PEDESTRIAN.
SEE THAT LOW OVERHEAD CLEARANCE.
2. SEE ALL
See what’s ahead of you, what’s alongside of you and what's behind you. By seeing all, you are using all mirrors, windshield, reference points etc. You are also keeping your mind active so that preoccupation and daydreaming do not set in.
A parked car with wheels turned towards the street, a driver’s head in the window, a directional light on, exhaust coming from the tailpipe.
SEE THAT YOU HAVE THE SPACE CUSHION NEEDED IN FRONT OF YOU.
SEE THAT YOU ARE IN THE PROPER LANE.
SEE THE VEHICLES ALONGSIDE YOU.
SEE THAT INTERSECTION.
SEE THAT CAR PASSING AHEAD OF YOU.
SEE THE VEHICLE PULLING OUT OF THE PARKING STALL.
SEE THAT CAR IN A DRIVEWAY.
SEE THE BICYCLE RIDER.
SEE THE POST-OFFICE VEHICLE.
SEE THAT YOUR MIRRORS ARE ADJUSTED FOR YOU TO SEE ALL.
THE 5 “SEES” OF DRIVING
3. SEE AN OUT
See constantly what options you have if something happens in front, beside, or behind you.
See that you slow down in time and plan your stop.
See that you have allowed room behind the vehicle stopped in front of you so you do not have to back up.
SEE THAT SHOULDER.
SEE THAT DITCH, TREES, WATER.
SEE THAT YOU HAVE THE BRAKES COVERED BEFORE ENTERING AN INTERSECTION.
4. SEE THAT YOU ARE SEEN
Just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you. Tap your horn (lightly). This does not mean your air horn, but the one on the steering wheel.
SEE THAT YOUR HEAD LIGHTS ARE ON.
SEE THA TYOU USE TURN SIGNAL.
SEE THAT THEY SEE YOU IN TIME.
5. SEE WITH A SMILE
Do not allow other motorists to make you an angry and aggressive driver. Be ready to compensate for
their mistakes, but do not become angry with them. An angry driver is an aggressive driver, and until
the aggressiveness wears off, you are incapable of following the other four “SEES” of safe driving. You
charge to stops, shift or start hard and fast and are eligible for a collision. Smile and think how much
better they would drive if they had your training and attitude.
At no point in your driving are you further than three seconds from a collision.
BE PREPARED ANGER IS ONE LETTER FROM DANGER